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Doors & Door Frames

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Door frames will be ordered by your builder according to the standard specification. Interior and exterior doors will need to be specified by you. There will be a standard allowance, possibly a PS (provisional sum) for the front door i.e.$200 and standard door allowance for the internal doors- i.e. plain hollow core. Doors are commonly an item that people change, remember decorative doors or doors with multiple windows will cost extra to paint

Door frames

Internal door frames come in two options, steel or timber, your builder will use one or the other. (Entry frames are normally timber)

Steel is more common and has the following attributes

  • Can be delivered to site without worrying about weather conditions
  • Unlikely to be damaged with rough treatment
  • Easily painted
  • Standard sizes available
  • Less expensive
  • Paintwork can be prone to chipping due to the unforgiving substrate


  • Must be protected on site
  • Dented/damaged more easily
  • Can be stained, varnished
  • Custom sizes readily available
  • More expensive
  • Paintwork less likely to chip

A standard home specification would be for a timber entry frame and steel internal frames. Standard height is 2040mm, standard width is 820mm. Wet areas might have 620mm or 720mm wide doors.

Double Rebating

Are you planning on having fly screens or security doors? Timber or fibreglass entry doors will have a timber door frame. This door frame will need to be double rebated if you plan on installing fly/security doors. Double rebating means there is one rebate to hang the door hinges on and an additional rebate that the security doors can be fixed to. Its really easy to specify and will save you money in the long run even if you don't fit your security doors straight away.


Entry Doors

All entry doors should be solid construction. This means solid timber or a new door product- fibreglass

Timber Entry Doors

  • Timber doors can be painted or stained
  • Come in a huge range of styles
  • Timber can warp, twist or rot if exposed to the weather
  • Dark paint colours can make your door warranty null and void
  • Double doors should be rebated
  • Suitable for any handles or hardware

Fibreglass Doors: (polyurethane foam core)

  • Will not warp, twist, rot or crack
  • Suitable for dark colours
  • Thermally effective
  • Acoustically effective
  • Won't expand or contact
  • Timber edge to allow trimming
  • Can't be rebated (use door stops instead)
  • Suitable for coastal environments
  • Some models can be double glazed

Entry doors normally consists of one or two 820mm doors, these are hung in a timber frame which may also have a sidelight window on one or both sides and also may have a highlight window above it. The sidelight and highlight windows are normally fixed (non opening) and are usually glazed directly into the frame. Many glazed entry doors also have a matching sidelight/highlight available. If you choose one of these ensure that the door frame is the right size and will accommodate them. Entry door frames are built as per the specification on the plan and may not be sized to fit an off the shelf sidelight/highlight.


Consider the following 

  • Are you installing security doors or is the front door the only barrier?
  • How much glazing do you want in the door and its frame? Can someone smash the glass and reach in to the handle?
  • Will you need safety glass or a security film applied to the glazing on the door and sidelights?
  • Is glazing necessary to let light into the entry
  • Is obscure glass required for privacy
  • Check that a deadbolt is specified.
  • Do you need a peephole

 Entry doors are available in numerous configurations  single doors, double doors, with or without sidelights and highlights. Pivot doors are currently popular to make a grand entry statement. These doors are approximately 2280mm wide and the swing not from hinges at the side of the door but from a ‘bolt’ hinge set about one third of the way along the top and bottom of the door frame. Currently there is no option for security or fly doors for this set-up.

Entry doors come in all price ranges, below is a broad generalization of doors based on price.

  • Solid core door with a patterns routed into it’s surface $
  • Solid door with applied mouldings $$
  • Solid core door with a little glazing $$$
  • Timber grade door $$$
  • Fibreglass entry door $$$$
  • Pivot door with glazing $$$$$

Internal Doors


A standard door is 820mm wide (2040mm high, 35mm thick) but doors are also available in 720mm, 620mm and 520mm wide as standard. These smaller doors may be used in areas where space is at a premium, i.e. the toilet. (narrow doors will not allow wheelchair access) You can also get doors and frames that are higher than standard (2340mm), these can look really effective internally to give an appearance of space and flow, but will cost you extra for both the frame and door.(and possibly the painting fee)  Internal doors come in a plethora of patterns and a range of price point choices.

Listed below is a broad generalization of doors based on price.

Least expensive

  • Hollow construction doors with flat panels on the face of the doors- totally plain.

A bit more

  • Hollow construction doors are also available with patterns routered into them.

Mid Range

Framed and glazed

French doors, ½ French doors $$$$

  • Solid doors with mouldings applied $$$$

The type of glazing you choose is also a large factor in the price of a door.

Types of doors

Standard side hinged door swinging left or right. Doors are also available in bifolds, louvers, sliding and concealed sliding.

  • Bifolds are doors that are hinged in the middle and slide out to the side on a track
  • Louver doors are framed with louvers in the centre
  • Sliding doors slide to the left or right on one side of the wall, the mechanism is concealed in a pelmet
  • Concealed sliders are for stud wall construction only. The door slides into the cavity of the wall and is hidden.

Helpful Hints

Remember when doing your electrical plan that you want the light switches on the opening side of the door frame not on the hinge side or you will have to reach around the door to turn the light on. (If you reverse the opening on any doors remember to change the electrical at the same time)

If you want to install security/fly screen doors to the front door (s), you will need a double rebated door frame. This means the frame is deep enough to accommodate both the front door and the security door without the handles hitting one another. It will make the installation of the security doors much easier.

If you have double entry doors consider which one you want to open 1st. This will be marked on the plan with a 1st on the swing of the door.

If you have double entry doors ensure they are rebated. This means both doors fit together like a jigsaw where they meet in the middle rather than just sitting face to face. This will improve security vastly as they are harder to ‘kick-in’ and reduce drafts (in addition have weather seals installed to stop drafts)

If you have sliding robe doors and want them the same as your internal doors make sure the opening size will fit the number of doors you want i.e. 3x 820mm robe doors + frame.(let your builder know before your plans are finalised)


  • Solid core doors and door seals to the home theatre for sound insulation.
  • Auto Door closers to toilets and wet areas
  • Door activated lights-i.e.pantry WIR 

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